Updated: Nov 18
Transport for London (TfL) has announced that the ongoing review of black cab fares and tariffs in London is nearing its deadline for public consultation.
TfL is seeking feedback on whether changes should be made to the current fare structure that governs London taxi drivers.
With mounting operating and living costs for drivers, TfL is considering four potential options for fare and tariff adjustments. If approved, these changes could result in an approximate 9% increase in London taxi fares.
The proposed alterations include modifications to the fares for longer journeys (Tariff 4), additional charges for taxi trips originating from Heathrow Airport taxi ranks, and a reevaluation of the extra charge for pre-booked taxis. Furthermore, TfL is also reviewing the fixed-fare shared-taxi scheme currently in operation during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Both taxi drivers and the general public are encouraged to visit TfL's consultation website, which provides detailed information on the options being considered, the rationale behind the proposals, and a survey to gather opinions.
The consultation period will remain open until Monday, 20 November, allowing stakeholders to voice their input.
TfL recognises the significance of balancing the interests of both taxi drivers and passengers, aiming to strike a fair equilibrium amid the ever-changing transport landscape in London. By engaging with the public and industry stakeholders, TfL hopes to reach a consensus on the most suitable fare and tariff structure that supports the taxi industry while also providing affordable transportation options for passengers.